Mateusz Wawrzynowicz - EFL Teacher, Web Designer, Materials Writer

Mateusz Wawrzynowicz is a bilingual teacherpreneur with technical skills that he used to design his own website.  Read why he thinks that we have nothing to lose by becoming a teacherpreneur and why being open and trying new things can make your students love English even more.

Mateusz, can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I'm an ESL teacher in Poland. I teach kids aged 3-15. I work at a primary school as well as a language school. I also teach adults preparing for FCE and CAE exams.

How long have you been teaching?

It's been 7 years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I'm always pretty busy. I start classes with my primary students at 8 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m. Next, it's time for the language school where I teach. I usually finish at about 7 p.m.    

What do you do in your spare time to relax?

I go out as much as I can. I often meet my friends but I also try to be active. I jog whenever I can in the evenings.  

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Mark Bartholomew - EFL Teacher, World Traveller and Website Designer

turkey website designer Jan 06, 2017

Mark Bartholomew is the Director and Co-Founder at ReadListenLearn Ltd. Find out why Mark believes that reading is the most important activity in developing language skills and why he partnered with Simon Dalton to develop their website.

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

At the moment, I am teaching part time in Istanbul, Turkey. It is a city I know quite well and have taught in before. Most of my work is private lessons.

How long have you been teaching?

Nearly thirty years.

Can you describe a typical teaching day?

I don’t really have a typical teaching day as it depends on the needs of my students and their schedules. Some days I leave home before 8 in the morning and get back at 11 at night, having travelled to many different parts of the city. On other days, I get up at the same time and develop my website www.readlistenlearn.net or try to promote it on social media. There is no weekend either as social media has a very short shelf life and a...

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Jason Manning - EFL Teacher and Website Designer

china website designer Dec 31, 2016

Jason Manning's position as a college teacher in China has given him the time and flexibility to pursue other goals outside the classroom.  Read how Jason used his self-taught technical skills to build a website and focus on a specific niche in the ELT world.  

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I’m currently living in Foshan city, very close to Guangzhou in China and the ancestral home of Bruce Lee. I’ve been living and working here since 2009, usually I work in a city for two years then move to another, but stayed because I met my wife. What I love about Foshan, apart from being my wife’s hometown, is it’s as cosmopolitan as Guangzhou, but not as expensive.

How long have you been teaching?

I’ve been teaching since 2002 and I started in Shanghai, I was convinced by an old classmate who was already working there to leave Australia and join him. At first I was hesitant because my background was in art not English. Finally I...

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Todd Vercoe - ESL Teacher and Creator of www.tesolgames.com

canada website designer Dec 08, 2016

Todd Vercoe is the creative genius behind the website http://www.tesolgames.com.  He provides lots of great advice in his interview for teachers who are looking at teacherpreneurship.  Todd says "Start. You never know when or where you will finish, but starting is key".

Can you start off by telling us where you teach?

I am taking a break from teaching at the moment, though I started standing in front of classrooms back in ‘79. Then, I was just a young pup instructing Saturday morning classes, after 4 p.m. programs and summer school sessions. I taught games mostly such as Dungeons and Dragons before most had even heard of the game and also delved into historical simulation games, world games and other Role Playing Games (RPGs). I taught drama as well, especially after studying theatre as an undergraduate.

How long have you been teaching?

I worked with the then Toronto Board of Education until 1996 when I left to teach in South Korea. I planned on being...

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